I enjoyed this paragraph from Dick Keyes who is addressing skeptic’s consideration of religion as consolation.
” Jesus warned would-be disciples of the costs and dangers of following him. If we take him at his word, he invades the orderliness of our well-planned lives; he demolishes precious illusions of our self-sufficiency and self-righteousness, and he unsettles our complacency. He challenges our autonomy in his world and commits us to following his way, which led him to persecution and crucifixion. This does not sound like consolation or comfort.”